CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Boqvist snapped a third-period tie, Dylan Sikura scored his first NHL goal and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied past the lowly Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Sunday night.
Dylan Strome also scored for Chicago (19-18-6), which won for the fourth time in five games. Corey Crawford made 19 saves in his first start since he was pulled in the second period of an ugly 7-1 loss to New Jersey on Dec. 23.
Detroit dropped to 3-18-2 in its last 23 games. Filip Zadina and Luke Glendening scored for the NHL-worst Red Wings (10-30-3), and Jimmy Howard made 23 stops.
The game was tied at 2 when Boqvist skated past Detroit forward Darren Helm near the blue line and beat Howard on the glove side 8:47 into the third. It was the second goal for the rookie defenseman in his 18th NHL game.
Dominik Kubalik added an empty-netter with 20 seconds left as the Blackhawks improved to 7-3-0 in their last 10 games.
Looking for its first road win since Dec. 14, Detroit jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
With Kubalik serving a slashing penalty in the first period, Zadina beat Crawford with a wrist shot from the right circle. It was the fourth goal of the season for the 20-year-old Zadina, who was selected by the Red Wings with the No. 6 pick in the 2018 draft.
Glendening then got his sixth with a well-placed redirect of Patrik Nemeth’s shot with 3:07 left in the first.
Chicago responded with two goals in a 45-second span in the second.
After Strome finished a give-and-go with DeBrincat, Erik Gustafsson had a shot go off the right skate of Detroit defenseman Filip Hronek and right to Sikura, who drove the puck into the open net for the tying score at 15:52.
Sikura then skated around the back of the goal and was lifted into the air by Gustafsson as the crowd of 21,493 roared its approval. The 24-year-old Sikura had a big grin as he sat on the bench after breaking through in his 44th NHL game.
NOTES: Blackhawks G Robin Lehner is day to day with a right knee injury after he got hurt during Thursday night’s 7-5 loss at Vancouver. Kevin Lankinen served as Crawford’s backup after he was recalled from the minors Saturday on an emergency basis. … Blackhawks F Zack Smith played after missing practice Saturday for a family matter. Smith and his wife, Brittany, recently welcomed their second child, a boy named Eddie Dean Smith. … The Red Wings host the Blackhawks on March 6.
Red Wings: Open a three-game homestand Tuesday night against Montreal.
Blackhawks: Host the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.
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